National Jeweler Network



Comps soar even as losses rise for Birks

Birks Group reported that U.S. same-store sales were up 19 percent in its fiscal year ended March 28, due to an increase in average transaction price and the success of the company’s watch strategy.


Andrew Bone to lead the RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council has named longtime De Beers executive Andrew Bone as its executive director.


Scott Kay names director of brand management

Kelly Kahn, who has worked for Montblanc, Movado and LVMH, has been hired for the position and her appointment is effective immediately.


Protests surface over another proposed gold mine

Like the hotly contested Pebble mine in Alaska, the KSM project in British Columbia is a huge open-pit gold mine that is drawing opposition from a number of organizations.


Alibaba backs down in the US market

The Chinese e-commerce company is selling its first U.S.-based e-commerce site, 11 Main, because the site hasn’t gained traction here and faces too much competition, reports state.


Borsheims announces trio of promotions

Marketer Amanda Green, buyer Julie McAlpine and manager Mandi Dragon all are moving up in the company.


Texas designer sues Urban Outfitters for copying

Isabel Borczuch, owner of the Isobel + Ezra jewelry brand, has filed a lawsuit against the retailer for allegedly ripping off a pair of her stud earrings after requesting samples from her.


Four more Le Vian by Jared stores to open

The first Le Vian by Jared store has opened in a mall in Garden City, N.Y., with additional shops to follow in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. 


Sales tax fairness is back, again

Another bill designed to close the loophole that allows online retailers to avoid charging sales tax in certain states was introduced in Congress this week.